Reading Hop Profiles

Most brewers choose hops solely by looking at two things… the name of the hop and the Alpha Acid percentage (AA%). I did that for a while, but then I learned about the different components of hops and realized that you can improve the quality of your beers if you do actually read further than…

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How to Select Hops for Brewing

There are really only two reasons why brewers use hops… to give the beer its bitterness and to add aroma… … but what many new brewers don’t know is that there really are two ways to get bitterness out of hops… one is by using fresh hops and the other is by using aged hops……

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Columbus Hops

If you are looking for a good pungent aroma, high alpha acid hop variety then consider using Columbus hops… This hop variety is part of the Columbus/Tomahawk/Zeus (CTZ) group mostly considered a bittering hop, but it does provide some good clean and pungent aroma similar to Tomahawk hops… Some of the most popular beer styles…

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Warrior Hops

If you are looking for a mild aroma hop with a very high bittering potential then look no further than Warrior Hops… These hops are one of the few high alpha acid variety hops with low co-humulone  levels and high oil content making it both a good bittering hop and aroma hop… Some of the…

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Tomahawk Hops

If you are looking for a high alpha acid hop variety with good pungent aroma then consider using Tomahawk hops… This hop variety is mostly considered a bittering hop, but it does provide some good aroma similar to Columbus hops… Some of the most popular beer styles where you’ll see this hop being used are…

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Citra Hops

If you are looking for a moderate bittering hop with a unique Citrus, Gooseberry and passion fruit flavor then consider using Citra hops… The name citra alone makes this hop variety sound refreshing… Not only is this hop a good bittering hop, but the oil content makes this a perfect finishing hop that will add…

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Willamette Hops

If you are looking for a moderately low alpha acid hop variety with a mild and pleasant spicy aroma then consider using Willamette hops… The relatively high oil content makes Willamette hops a quality aroma hop, though it’s bittering potential is still good for your more subtle bitter beer styles… Some of the more popular…

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Tettnanger Hops

If you are looking for a lower alpha acid variety with a slightly spicy characteristic, then consider using Tettnanger (US) hops… This hop variety is similar to the noble hop German variety… The lower alpha acid content and relatively low level of co-humulone makes this hop variety a smooth bittering hop with a true noble…

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Simcoe Hops

If you are looking for a moderately high bittering hop that can be used as an pine-like aroma hop then consider using Simcoe hops… While this hop has very good bittering potential, it’s more known for its unique pine-like aroma… Some of the most popular beer styles where you’ll see this hop variety being used…

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Santiam Hops

If you are looking for a good dual purpose hop with noble hop characteristics then Santiam hops may be a good choice… Santiam hops have slightly higher alpha acid content than your noble hops, but the aroma it spits out is a nice floral and spicy note similar to the German noble hops… Some of…

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